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Best Free Tours in Aveiro

Located just midway between Porto and Coimbra, the town of Aveiro might well be one of the most beautiful touristic destinations in Portugal — even in Europe. This small and walkable town is perfect to discover on foot, so come and book Free Walking Tours in Aveiro to enjoy rows of picturesque colorful houses and canals navigated by quaint ‘molicero’ boats. In particular, the Free City Tour of Aveiro has been designed by local guides to provide an easy but comprehensive introduction to the history and landmarks of this photogenic town where tourists can still feel the laid-back vibe of a fishing village. In case you want to stay away from the summer heat, there are also Free Night Tours in Aveiro departing just after sunset. Along these walks, guests will see the town in a different light, and listen to ancient legends about sea monsters, pirates and ghosts.

Highlights of a Free Tour in Aveiro

‘Portugal’s Venice’ is just one of the most famous monikers of charming Aveiro. But beyond stunning canals and a peaceful ambience, Aveiro offers a trove of historical and architectural gems to explore. With Free Tours in Aveiro, guests will enjoy the fisherman's quarter – the most iconic district of Aveiro, with cobbled streets, colorful fishermen’s houses and a bustling fish market. Your guide will introduce you to the stunning Art Nouveau architecture that makes Aveiro so distinctive, as well as to the history of the stunning blue and white Portuguese tiles. Some other must-see attractions on an Aveiro Free Walking Tour are the Church of Aveiro’s Mercy, the wonderful Cathedral, the Aveiro Museum (situated in one of the oldest and most spectacular convents in town), and also the lovely Ponte dos Carcavelos. And don’t miss Aveiro Train Station, fully decorated with stunning tiles picturing landscapes and people from all around the region.

Things to Do in Aveiro

Aveiro is small, but it offers a trove of fun activities to do. This picturesque town was built next to the ria de Aveiro, a saltwater lagoon that provides seaweed, salt and bountiful fish. In the past, colorful ‘molicero’ boats were used to harvest seaweed, but today they are used to take tourists on peaceful boat rides. For lunch, why don’t you try a ‘caldeirada de enguias’ (eel stew) or some 'ovos moles’ (a pastry made with egg yolks and sugar)? There are also many wineries in the city, so you can pair your food with a glass of Bairrada wine. Aveiro is one of the best day trips from Porto, but tourists who stay in the city will be able to walk the scenic footpath along the southern side of the lagoon. With more time, travelers can also explore the idyllic beaches of Costa Nova, or the untouched Sao Jacinto Dunes Natural Reserve.

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